Orange juice is giving women gout

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Do your feet feel like this? If you're a fan of sugary drinks, there's a significant chance you've got gout — and it's not just soda that's to blame.

Gout is a condition which causes painful inflammation, usually in the toes. It's caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, which crystallize in joints and tissues - this leads to the swelling depicted in this image from an 18th century drawing of what it feels like to have gout. Thought the disease is often associated with that period in history, it's still common today.


According to research from the Boston University School of Medicine, women who knock back a serving of soda a day have a 74% increased chance of gout than women who skip the drinks, and more than two a day gives a 240% boost.

Sugar rich sodas were fingered as a source in the report, as was orange juice, a drink remarkably high in fructose. The sugar increases uric acid levels. Diet soft drinks weren't linked to any changes, but of course they carry their own issues.


This research is based on a study of almost 79,000 women, spanning 22 years.

Research published in JAMA